Oil Facility Settles EPA Suit

Friday, October 2, 2015 @ 02:10 PM gHale

Buckeye Pipe Line Co., the owner of a more than 4 million gallon oil storage facility in Ludlow, MA, agreed to pay a penalty of $78,780 to resolve claims from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) it violated federal oil spill prevention regulations.

Based on an inspection of the Ludlow facility, EPA said the company’s federally required oil spill prevention plan was deficient in a number of respects, and the company had failed to have adequately sized containment for one of its oil tanks as required by the Clean Water Act.

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The company took steps to update the plan following the EPA inspection and completed the necessary containment work this past July.

Failing to have a fully prepared and implemented Spill Prevention Control & Countermeasure (“SPCC”) plan, can leave a facility unprepared to deal with an oil spill or to prevent the spill in the first place, resulting in potentially serious environmental consequences, according to the EPA.

The federal Clean Water Act requires facilities that have the potential for oil spills take steps to prevent oil discharges to the nation’s rivers, lakes and oceans through, among other things, implementation of SPCC plans.

Any facility with more than 1,320 gallons of aboveground oil storage capacity, and meeting certain other criteria, must develop and implement SPCC plans to prevent and contain spills, such as by installing impervious secondary containment around storage tanks.